14th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Second Place, Views Beyond the Peninsula
"Acrobatics in the 11
By Jordy Mont-Reynaud
About Jordy Mont-Reynaud
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Mont-Reynaud family has made a tradition of winning awards in
the Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest. Mont-Reynaud, as well as
his mother and sister, are previous winners.
His last photo entry, "Te Kiwi Sunrise," involved
the meticulous construction of the objects in the scene and the
expert manipulation of light. This year's entry was taken in
Paris, and it is of an evening performance done by his half-sisters
modern circus company. This time, they did most of the set up.
Mont-Reynaud, now 21 and a software engineer, wants people to
see "a fleeting moment of harmony in the middle of a chaotic
city." It was taken as part of a documentary project, and
kept in simple black and white so that you focus on the form
and composition. Mont-Reynaud likes the photo because "it
manages to convey a sense of visual harmony and balance without
being symmetrical or static."
The photo is a result of eight
years of practice. Though programming is his primary ambition,
Mont-Reynaud said: "I definitely feel like photography
has given me a visual sense which I apply to lots of things I do."